Tamim Iqbal Khan is a Bangladeshi cricketer who hails from Chittagong, Bangladesh. He was born on March 20, 1989, he has left an indelible mark on Bangladesh cricket. From his breathtaking centuries to his captaincy, Tamim’s journey is nothing short of extraordinary.
Tamim Iqbal Batting Career Summary
Early Life and Cricket Beginnings
Tamim hails from Chittagong, where cricket runs deep in his family. His brother, Nafees Iqbal, and his uncle, Akram Khan, both represented Bangladesh in Test cricket. Cricket was a part of their bloodline.
His father, Iqbal Khan, helped him a lot in shaping his carrier in cricket. He used to Host small cricket tournaments, so that his son can play in competition and improve his skills.
Tamim’s prodigious talent was evident from a young age. At just 12 or 13, he scored a remarkable 148 runs while chasing a target of 150.
International Debut and Early Career
Tamim made his debut on the international stage in 2007, representing Bangladesh in One Day Internationals (ODIs). His Test debut followed in the next year. His very first century came against Ireland, marking the beginning of a prolific career.
In 2009, during Bangladesh’s tour of the West Indies, Tamim scored a historic century, helping Bangladesh secure their first-ever Test victory against the West Indies.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year
Tamim’s career continued to rise. In 2010, he scored 86 runs against England in a test match and became the fastest Bangladesh batsman to reach 1,000 Test runs.
His remarkable performances against England earned him a place among the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack’s “Cricketers of the Year” in 2011. He was also honored as Wisden’s Test Player of the Year and became the second Bangladeshi player to receive this title.
Vice-Captaincy and the 2011 World Cup
In December 2010, Tamim was appointed as Bangladesh’s vice-captain, a role he held with distinction. During the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, he played some crucial knock for Bangladesh. Tamim scored a fantastic knock of 70 runs against India.
2016 ICC World Twenty20
Tamim brilliant performance at the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India was a highlight of his career. He became the first Bangladeshi to score a century in T20 internationals, securing Bangladesh’s spot in the Super 10 stage.
ODI Captaincy and Milestones
In 2020, Tamim was named the ODI captain of Bangladesh. Under Tamim’s captaincy, Bangladesh won many matches, including a series against the West Indies. He became the first Bangladeshi to score 10,000, 11,000, 12,000, 13,000, and 14,000 international runs. He is also the highest individual run-scorer for Bangladesh in limited-overs formats and the only Bangladeshi cricketer to score centuries in all three formats of the game.
Temporary Retirement and Withdrawal
In 2022, Tamim temporarily retired from T20 internationals. However, he later withdrawal his decision of retirement. A more significant retirement announcement came in 2023, when he declared retirement from international cricket. Yet, after a meeting with the Prime Minister and other prominent figures, he withdrew his retirement, citing their persuasive efforts.
Records and Achievements
Tamim’s list of records and achievements is impressive.
- First Bangladeshi to score 10,000, 11,000, 12,000, 13,000 & 14,000 international runs.
- First batsman for Bangladesh to reach 6,000, 7,000, and 8,000 runs in ODIs.
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2011.
- Only Bangladeshi cricketer to score centuries in all three formats of the game.
- Bangladesh’s highest century-maker in international matches with 25 centuries.